Effects of Massage On The Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems

Woman Head Massage at Amelia Massage AssociatesPreface: As I think back to my massage school days, I reflect on the fact that each instruction day (or night) was different and could be described at various points along the way as: fun, magical, soul soothing, enlightening, edifying, educational, of course-and stressful.
But most important, while referring back to the word “stressful,” I was amazed at the seriousness of the topics we would be expected to know, inside and out, before ever being allowed the privilege of actually touching someone with respect to therapeutic massage techniques. Those first few weeks were overwhelming for most of us, and even though I had spent 20 plus years in the healthcare field, I was learning very quickly that this adventure was not going to be a piece of cake.

Our first major intellectual challenge would be to stay focused and actually understand the text in chapter one: The Central Nervous System. This undertaking would become  the primary point of intimidation, the one slice of the learning pie that would separate the passionate “I can do this” students from the “I’m not so sure this is for me” students. Yes, the  instruction was overwhelming for many, but well worth the opportunity to earn the right to call ourselves “Licensed Massage Therapists” someday.

The Central Nervous System chapter will not be discussed here, for obvious traumatic reasons (just kidding). Much easier to understand and appreciate, though, is how our work, facilitated through therapeutic touch, applies to and benefits your Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems.

A synopsis I have compiled from Massage Therapy Principles and Practice, by Susan G. Salvo is as follows:

•    Deep stroking improves circulation by mechanically assisting venous blood flow back to the heart. Massage also stimulates tissue release of histamines and acetylcholine. (This was a Florida Board of Massage test question when I became licensed).
•    Because blood circulation is enhanced (venous flow directly/arterial flow indirectly), the delivery and removal of products in the blood are improved.
•    Blood pressure is temporarily decreased by dilation of the capillaries, affecting the permeability of capillary walls.
•    Massage temporarily increases systolic stroke volume.
•    Massage decreases heart rate through decreased stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system.
•    The number of functional red blood cells, and their oxygen carrying capacity, is
increased by the application of massage.
•    The presence of white blood cells in the capillaries increases following massage.
•    Gentle but firm massage strokes also increase the number of platelets in the blood.
•    Massage reduces ischemia.

Unlike the cardiovascular system, the lymphatic system is an open system that moves in only one direction, toward the subclavian veins. Without a pump to assist flow, lymph moves only through pressure gradients from external sources.

Accumulation of interstitial fluid (swelling) in the soft tissues is referred to as lymphedema. It is due to local or general inflammation , obstruction, or removal of lymph nodes and can be congenital or the result of injury or surgery.

•    Massage reduces lymphedema by improving circulation to the lymphatic system, thereby helping to remove waste and bacteria from the system more effectively than passive range of motion or electrical muscle stimulation.
•    The presence of natural killer cells and their activity increase with massage, suggesting that massage may strengthen the immune system.

Isn’t NOW a good time to overhaul your cardiovascular and lymphatic systems through massage?

Nancy Shores, MT, LMT, Esthetician

Foot Reflexology: Magical, Soothing and Healing

Foot reflexology reference pointsWhat is Reflexology? Contrary to occasional misinterpretations I have read on the internet stating that Reflexology is not massage, it can be an extremely effective form of therapeutic foot massage, according to Inge Dougans, author of ‘Reflexology, Foot Massage for Total Health’.
This ancient holistic healing technique treats the person as a whole with the goal being to induce a state of balance and harmony in the body which, in a word, is called homeostasis. The word homeostasis was one of the first important words I frequently heard during my training in massage therapy school. Many years have passed since then and the word is as important as ever. Continue reading “Foot Reflexology: Magical, Soothing and Healing”

Garlic and the Heart

fresh purple hull garlic for heart healthGarlic is reported to be beneficial in preventing blood clots. Ingestion of this herb may well be one of the most cost effective and simple ways to aid our blood circulation.
As a nation full of walking, jogging and cycling enthusiasts, we seem to be more conscious of the need to exercise daily to benefit the heart and blood flow. But in many cases good circulation does not exist due to arteries that have become narrowed and encrusted with fatty plaque deposits at key points, which can cause blood clots to form spontaneously. If clots should break away and travel to the heart……., well, you know the rest of the story.

On a happier note, when there is a healthy level of fibrinolytic activity in the blood, our chances for a longer and better quality of life are increased.

The word fibrinolytic refers to the splitting up of fibrin, a white filamentous protein formed by the action of thrombin on fibrinogen. The conversion of fibrinogen, a hydrosol, is the basic principle for the clotting of the blood. This was a test question on the Medical Laboratory Technologist Board Exam taken by yours truly, in my previous life, and I got it right! Fibrin is deposited as fine interlacing filaments in which red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets are entangled, subsequently forming a clot.

Naturally, when we cut ourselves, we want fibrin to perform its clotting function unhampered; however, people with atherosclerotic heart disease are disadvantaged due
to narrowed, plaque encrusted arteries.

Obviously, there are many things we can incorporate into our daily lives, such as a fat free or fat reduced diet and exercise, but garlic should be high on the list as well, says Dr. Wang, our wise friend, acupuncturist and retired orthopedic surgeon.

Dr. Wang recommends raw, purple hull garlic (purple means it is fresh) taken daily in specific amounts for the heart, but also as a natural antibiotic. Yes, raw garlic can awaken our olfactory nerves, but for many it is worth it. Garlic oil capsules are available but most herbalists agree that fresh raw garlic is much more effective in promoting and maintaining cleared arteries and unhampered blood flow.

Most important of all, you don’t have to wait until you suffer a heart attack to take advantage of this wonderful herb. You can begin tonight, with dinner. By the way, what time is dinner?

Nancy Shores, MLT, LMT, Esthetician

Author’s note: Garlic is known to be a safe anti-clotting agent, but depending on your specific health condition and medical history, you should seek professional medical guidance before ingesting garlic for medicinal purposes.

A History of Acupuncture – Part II Neuro-Mechanical Acupuncture

neuro mechanical acupunctureIn his book Natural Health, a manual combining Eastern and Western philosophies and written for both massage therapists and people suffering from chronic pain, Bruce Hocking, D. Ac., teaches us how and why Acu therapy works.
Classical acupuncture (dating back to over 2000 years) is a vast body of ancient knowledge collected and compiled over many centuries by the Chinese. It is a system for diagnosing and treating disease using fine needles inserted into specific points on the body.

Another ancient practice, Taoism, is a philosophy that has as its first principle the concept of Yin and Yang.
Taoists believe that these equal and opposite forces coexist in the universe and must be in balance for harmony to prevail. Illness was thought to result from an imbalance in Yin and Yang in the body. Classical
acupuncturists inserted needles into points to either increase or decrease the amount  of energy in a given organ system. The objective was to restore the balance of Yin and Yang and in theory, restore health.

Since acupuncture is said to influence the entire body, the diagnosis of a disease is often very different
from a diagnosis with Western medicine, which often looks for an external cause or agent to explain the disease. Eastern medicine, on the other hand, looks at the body as a whole in which health is considered to be a state of  total harmony between the physical, emotional and spiritual states of a person.

When applicable, we refer our patients/clients to a very talented healer, an acupuncturist who was born, raised and educated in China. During the first session, which often includes his diagnosis, the Dr. provides an assessment and plan for treatment. He then explains how acupuncture works because his treatment will be very different from what we are accustomed to receiving through traditional Western theories and protocols. When patients are equipped with their new way of thinking about other healthcare options, they feel less anxious and more prepared to receive acupuncture.
Acu therapy, which is performed with a needle and/or electricity or manual pressure and applied to traditional acupuncture points or nerve points is based on chi, the unseen energy force that flows throughout our body in 14 channels, also called meridians, that are linked to all of the organs of the body.

Chi is considered to be the vital life force that keeps our blood circulating, helps us keep warm and fights disease (dis-ease). The goal here is that one’s chi will become unblocked while they relax into Eastern medicine philosophies and techniques. I, for one, have found that when nothing else has worked, acupuncture has come to my rescue. Can you tell I’m a “tried and true” believer in this ancient practice?
Nancy Shores – LMT

Neuro Mechanical Acupuncture Pain Management for the 21st Century

ETPS NMA TherapyAccording to Bruce R. Hocking, D.Ac., Electro Therapy Point Stimulation Neuro Mechanical Acupuncture (ETPS NMA) is a hybrid  modality used in the treatment of chronic soft tissue pain. In its most basic form, ETPS therapy applies brief, concentrated stimulation to points on the body that relate to different therapeutic systems in stages. Patient assessments are performed at the end of each stage to determine therapeutic effectiveness. Through a series of systematic and reproducible protocols, the diagnosis/assessment and treatment of root causes of soft tissue pain can be completed with a high degree of accuracy within minutes.

The theoretical underpinnings of ETPS therapy are based on acupuncture/acupressure, osteopathic stretching, trigger point, neuromuscular and neuropathic therapies.

As certified ETPS massage therapists, we began to experience the positive effects of this pain relief methodology first hand in 2000. We knew immediately, during our training sessions, that this would be a great pain relief service for our clients.

When massage therapists and other alternative medicine practitioners come together in one place at one time to continue their education (required for our bi-annual FL, GA and National certifications and licensure renewals), the camaraderie and learning experience is dynamic. We find ourselves wanting to learn everything everybody knows-so much working knowledge at one place and time!

During each day of training our instructor, Bruce, would ask who among our group of 15-20 had a chronic ailment or condition that we would like to have treated. Massage therapists’ bodies, as you can imagine, go through daily rigorous physical strain and if we do not take care of ourselves, we face the same repetitive motion problems as our clients/patients. (“Do as I say do, not as I do” is NOT a good philosophy.)

Being one who will jump at the chance for a free alternative healthcare approach to my own physical “isms,” I held up my hand. Years of participating in softball, volleyball and water skiing had taken a toll on my right shoulder (Dx: “frozen shoulder”) as well as wear and tear on my cervical and lumbar vertebrae, so I welcomed the opportunity for this new hybrid treatment. I was amazed at the effectiveness and my diminished pain after just two 30 minute sessions with our well educated and respected instructor.

Eleven years later, we therapists use this therapeutic technique on ourselves and on our clients. Just yesterday, I received ETPS therapy for “brewing” sciatic pain brought on by SITTING too much while vacationing. (What can I say? Ok, I read an ENTIRE book in one “sitting.”) Yes, I’m much better today-and yes, I have told my clients NOT to do what I do.

Mr. Hocking said it best, though, when he shared with us that this therapy has a high patient compliance due to its immediate effectiveness and high professional compliance as well as its ease of learning and fast clinical application.

The bottom line? This therapy is non-invasive, has no restrictions like acupuncture needling, and therefore, may be safely applied by therapists, doctors, and even the patients themselves in both clinical and home settings. ETPS NMA Therapy is an extremely versatile, effective and safe form of therapy.

Nancy Shores, LMT

~ “If you cannot be king, be a healer.”
(Ancient Sinhala quote from a manuscript dated 500 BC)

Ask If Your Massage Therapist Is Licensed

Florida Massage License VerificationKnow the facts. Serious damage to the body can occur if massage therapy is done inappropriately or by someone not appropriately trained.
Do not risk your health. Always make sure that your massage therapist and the massage establishment (not massage parlor, please!) are licensed.
State regulatory agencies vary in regard to specific requirements and protocols for certifications, registrations and licensures for massage therapists. In this region of the country, the States of Florida and Georgia, do require licensures to work as professional massage practitioners. Some states are unregulated, but the list for ensuing regulation is growing. Other than therapists being required to pay more fees to the state, this is a good thing. Why? It helps to protect you, John Q. Public, from unethical or unsafe practices.

To ensure your safety the Board of Massage Therapy, under the Florida Department of Health, Division of Medical Quality Assurance, is responsible for establishing and enforcing health care standards for the practice of massage therapy. The Board reviews applications to ensure all criteria and requirements for licensure have been met. They initiate investigations and take disciplinary actions when appropriate to ensure the safety of all people in Florida. To review the Massage Therapy Practice Act, visit the Board’s website or call 850-488-0595 to request a copy.

How can you assure that your massage therapist (FL, LMT) is licensed?

•    Ask to see their current massage license and/or establishment license
•    Check online at www.FLHealthSource.com
•    Look for their license (MA) and establishment (MM) numbers in any advertisement for their services. This is required by law.

You should always make sure that you have a qualified therapist. Call the FL Department of Health toll-free at 1-877-425-8852 to report unlicensed activity.

Nancy Shores, LMT

Tension Headaches: Causes and Simple Relief

simple ways to relief tension headaches

simple ways to relief tension headachesIn our massage practice we often observe clients’ complaints of headaches, with various descriptions of pain, listed on their medical history form. As we all know through our own experiences with headaches, pain can be felt in the frontal, temporal or occipital areas and sometimes confined to one side of the head or to the region immediately over one eye. Pain varies from person to person and depending on the specific type of headache, acute or chronic, for example, we may feel a dull ache or we may experience an almost unbearable sensation. The pain is intermittent, but intense and throbbing for some, while others describe  intense pressure as if their head will burst. One thing is for sure: headaches are not fun and can limit our ability to function.

Common causes for tension headaches are: life’s everyday stress, worry, poor posture and/or improper body mechanics, especially while typing (as in writing this article with my head pulled forward too long), prolonged reading, and long distance driving, to name a few easily correctable causes.

Tension headaches are the most common type and involve both the Frontalis and the Occipitalis muscles. As separate muscles, the Frontalis allows you to raise your eyebrows horizontally as in “elbows off the table, kids,” and the Occipitalis allows you to move the scalp over the cranium as in “watch me wiggle my ears, kids.”

Collectively referred to as Occipitofrontalis, this muscle group is a two-bellied muscle named to reflect its locations and functions on the head. This important muscle is connected by an extensive network of cranial fascia, a thin layer of connective tissue that covers and supports the muscle. Through application of therapeutic massage and gentle stretching techniques, associated pain stemming from this muscle group can be minimized or eliminated.

Simple changes, such as sitting in a firm or supportive chair versus a fluffy chair, can make a big difference. And when doing anything that causes repetitive strain on your eyes, neck, and back, it is wise to pause, change position, or walk and stretch for a few minutes.

Light stretches of the neck can be helpful, too. Sit erect and lean your left ear toward your left shoulder. Don’t raise your shoulder during this movement. The goal is to relieve tension, so don’t force any stretches. Think light and easy during the stretches. Repeat the process with your right ear to your right shoulder and repeat the entire process at least three times. Rotate your head to the left, then right, in a circular pattern. Repeat slowly, at least six times. Breathe deeply after each series and relax. Next, bring your head slowly forward as if trying to place your chin on your sternum. Hold this position for a few seconds, relax and breathe. Then slowly move your head backward as if trying to touch your collar. Repeat at least four times, relax and breathe.

Massage your temples simultaneously and hold pressure for ten seconds, then release and repeat at least three times. Therapeutic massage can do wonders for tension headaches and licensed massage therapists (called LMT’s in Florida) are well trained to provide immediate relief in most cases.

These simple techniques are not intended as a cure for any ailment or disease. It is wise to consult your physician before proceeding with any stretching program.

Nancy Shores, LMT, Esthetician

Love what you do. Enjoy listening to people. It can be hard work, but the potential for helping people is tremendous.
~Robert Tisserand

(Quote shared from Massage Therapy Principles and Practice by Susan G. Salvo)

 

Research: Massage Effective against Fibromyalgia

The Pains of Fybromyalgia

The Pains of FybromyalgiaOften the process of getting a diagnosis of fibromyalgia is a long hard road.  Many times these patients have endured numerous tests, referrals, dismissals, and in some cases told it is “all in their head”.  After diagnosis, each fibromyalgia patient must work with their unique list of symptoms and create their personal management program. Fibromyalgia syndrome affects the muscles and soft tissue. Symptoms include chronic pain in the muscles, fatigue, sleep problems, and painful tender points or trigger points at certain parts of the body. Fibromyalgia pain and other symptoms can be relieved through medications, lifestyle changes, stress management, and other fibromyalgia treatments such as epsom salt baths and of course, therapeutic massage. Continue reading “Research: Massage Effective against Fibromyalgia”

Aromatherapy for Sinus Relief

Aromatherapy oilsSinus pressure and headaches are frequent complaints we hear this time of the year. Many of our clients are experiencing the discomfort stemming  from a seasonal overload of pollen and in some cases, the recent environmental pollutants blowing into northeast Florida from the forest fires in the Okefenokee.While we can’t control Mother Nature, we can provide sinus pain relief through Aromatherapy, which is not new to the world. The use of plants and their oils has been used to heal and beautify the body for over 10,000 years.
Whether ingested, absorbed through the skin, or simply inhaled, plant aromas are known to have an effect on the body, mind and emotions.

Today, according to the book “Aromatherapy and You” by Alexandra Avery, the study of aromas has been elevated to a science which employs the balancing and beautifying properties of pure herbal and floral essences to enhance the condition of the skin, hair, mind, and indeed, the environment.

We’ve achieved positive results for our clients through years of studying and blending essential oils prepared specifically for the client’s complaint or symptom(s). For example, by mixing carefully determined and measured amounts of Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Rosemary and Geranium, we have created a blend that has become our signature aroma for sinus relief. It is not only effective, but it has a not too sweet fragrance which is pleasing to all-an added value for those who are not suffering from sinus pain but simply wish to experience something unique.

For more information, read: A Complete Guide to Understanding & Using
Aromatherapy by Roberta Wilson and Aromatherapy and You by Alexandra Avery.

Nancy Shores, LMT, Esthetician

“The olfactory sense is an intricate part of everyday life. The moods you express are directly related to the fragrances surrounding you.”
John E. Porter

Author’s Note:
Several years ago I received a relaxation massage that included Cedar aroma. Cedar is not an aroma that I would normally choose for myself, but the massage therapist knew my childhood background and made the choice for me. About thirty minutes into the massage, I went away. I went to my favorite grandmother’s house, the place where my fondest childhood memories were made. Finding myself just five years old again, I was exploring family keepsakes in Granny’s special chest-a Cedar chest-where treasures are, still.

Effective Cupping Therapy

Cupping Therapy at Amelia Island MassagesCupping therapy is a safe, non-invasive, comfortable and effective treatment for many health conditions. It is the method of using glass or plastic cups to create localized pressure by a vacuum. Public demand for cupping has quadrupled in the last two years, according to the International Cupping Therapy Association (ICTA). Healers have performed this technique since ancient times by using heat inside glass or bamboo cups. Today cupping sets use suction to create the vacuum. The vacuum inside the cups causes the blood to form in a specific area (the stagnant blood flow surfaces) and helps the healing process within that area of the body.

We first became aware of cupping in 2001 through our favorite acupuncturist, a Chinese physician, who was born, raised and educated in China. We are very lucky that he was able to come to America-and remain in America-because after receiving several treatments, we had a new-found appreciation for his medical teachings, techniques and principles. As a wise and seasoned healer, he quickly earned our respect for his vast knowledge and eastern medical practices in general. Clearly, we learned that we have  much more to learn about ancient cultures and natural health care. We and our clients/patients continue to benefit from his expertise and his passion for the work and we are grateful for his teachings. We will honor him again soon, in an article, by sharing another ancient treatment. (He will not let us print his name. He is too humble!)
Bamboo Cupping at Amelia Island Massages
In 1994-1999 our respective schools of therapeutic massage had taught us that meridians were the focus of many ancient healers. Meridians are the pathways in the body through which the energy of life called Qi (“chi”) flows. Qi flows through every body part, tissue and organ. Done mainly on the back where there are five meridians, we strive to open the internal energy flow through the entire body. We perform cupping with a moving cup or one or more stationary cups, depending on the severity or longevity of the patient’s discomfort (acute vs chronic pain) and the location of the affected area.

The major healing aspect of cupping therapy, at least from my perspective, is the release of toxins in the body. The suction action of the cups penetrates deep into the tissues causing the release of harmful substances. The lymphatic system is triggered to clear stagnant blood flow from the vessels and also stretches and activates the skin, our largest body organ, by the way.

For more information about cupping therapy, contact us or visit CuppingTherapy.org or cupping therapy.net

Nancy Shores, LMT

~Massage your 93 year old mother-in-law’s feet and she’ll love you forever. – Nancy Shores

Amelia Massage Associates Relocates to Executive Park

Nancy and Michael Shores in the upscale Executive Park locationWe’re celebrating our relocation to Suite 100 at the Executive Park on 14th Street in Fernandina Beach, where we can now serve more clients in four beautifully appointed rooms. We’ve enjoyed serving the community since 1994 and we’re so excited to welcome you to visit our newly renovated center . We promise you the ultimate experience in relaxation, rejuvenation, and medical massage therapies. Continue reading “Amelia Massage Associates Relocates to Executive Park”

What is a Knot?

Knots in Neck and BackIn our many years of massage therapy practice, a couple times each week we see clients who complain of a “knot” in a muscle. The area most often affected by this condition is along the edge of the shoulder blade between the shoulders in mid and upper back.  Most clients have rubbed the “knot” themselves or had a trusted acquaintance touch the area verifying its’ existence.  “Knots” can be as small as a BB and occasionally as large as a golf ball. Continue reading “What is a Knot?”

Prenatal Massage and the Female Body

Prenatal Massages help with pains and aches

Prenatal massage and the female body go hand in hand in providing relief during pregnancy. Given that a woman’s abdominal mass increases by a third during pregnancy, it’s a miracle that such a significant shift in gravity doesn’t have her tipping over during her final trimester.
Now, a new study describes a surprising set of anatomical reasons why the delicate balancing act works. According to researchers, the female spine has evolved differently, most likely to accommodate the tremendous demands of pregnancy. Continue reading “Prenatal Massage and the Female Body”

The Less Visible Benefits of Massage

Benefits of a Full Body Massage

Even if you have experienced the benefits of a professionally administered therapeutic massage, this article is still for you. Many of us know first-hand or have at least read about the positive effects massage can bring to our tired, overworked bodies and overloaded minds, however we don’t often think about therapeutic touch as a non-invasive health care path for relief of symptoms caused by other real life situations and emergencies.

Massage is believed to go back in history as far as the existence of men. As one of the oldest forms of medical treatment, massage has been used throughout history by all cultures.

Ancient Chinese, Indian, and Egyptian manuscripts refer to the use of massage to prevent and cure diseases and to heal injuries. In today’s society, some consider massage therapy mere pampering for the rich and famous. A good word for this misconception is: debunked. Pampering is a good thing, for sure, but in the big picture
massage therapy remains a  professional healing modality replete with methods and applications designed specifically to benefit the body, mind, and spirit. It’s not just a cliché, folks.

From infancy to geriatric life, hands-on therapies are instrumental in providing not only an overall sense of well-being and relaxation, but can minimize or eliminate physical and emotional pain as well. Many conditions and ailments, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, fibromyalgia, arthritis, muscle strain, sports injuries, and post-surgical and terminal illnesses, are known to be helped by therapeutic massage and bodywork. Complementary modalities such as aromatherapy, cupping, reflexology, herbal treatments, and electro-therapy point stimulation (ETPS) can also assist in the healing process.

Although not well known by most prospective massage recipients, there are other symptoms and conditions that can be relieved or eliminated through the healing touch of
massage.

Body parts that get the benefits of a massage

Let’s look at migraine headaches, for example. It is believed that most headaches are caused by changes in blood pressure in the vessels leading to and from the brain. When a muscle is in spasm, it squeezes and constricts the blood vessels. By relaxing the appropriate muscles, blood is allowed to flow more freely (no stagnation), alleviating the pain. The methods applied vary depending on the type and severity of the headache.

How many of us suffer from occasional insomnia? One of the most satisfying dimensions of receiving a relaxation massage is its ability to send you to a state of blissful sleep.  Clients will sometimes try to stay awake so they don’t miss anything, or snore, which is understandable, however I recommend quiet solitude, an initiator of the “zone effect,” a trouble-free, hypnotic state of mind.

Hospice care is a time when we, as professional caregivers, can make a definitive difference in the end of life phase for your loved one, providing loving touch in a quiet, supportive and peaceful environment. And for the bereaved care-giving family members,   communication comes together through the magic of healing hands. Grieving people sometimes keep emotions bottled up and massage can function as a safety valve by releasing both physical and mental anguish and tension.

There are of course many conditions for which partial or full massage are not recommended and licensed massage practitioners can advise clients accordingly.

Nancy Shores, LMT

Life is like a book; we can either study it or let it gather dust on the shelves of the world.

~Rene Godefroy

Three Dozen Ways to Reduce Stress

A great way to reduce stressHere are three dozen ways to reduce stress; pick and choose the ones that fit you and your lifestyle best and enjoy the results.

In the 1960s there was a popular song titled “Love is all Around” by the British Invasion Band “The Troggs”. These days it seems like “Stress is all around”. City noises, traffic, work demands, family tensions, the News…it never seems to go away. Following are 3 dozen plus ways that can help you reduce stress significantly; don’t ignore them. Continue reading “Three Dozen Ways to Reduce Stress”

Bonding with your Infant Through Massage

From the moment your unborn baby first responded to sound at around seven months gestation, your infant has been listening to your voice. Its body moves in rhythm with your speech patterns, and the high-pitched tone you use when talking to it is particularly sweet to its ears. Daily massage can be a tremendous benefit in maintaining and strengthening affectionate bonds between infant and parent. Continue reading “Bonding with your Infant Through Massage”

Heat, Herbal and Tissue Treatments are Very Effective Against Pain

TDP mineral lamp Massage therapy at Amelia Massage AssociatesTreatment with E-Stim, the TDP Electromagnetic Heat Lamp (“The Miracle Lamp”) and Herbal treatment, have been shown very effective in Pain Treatments in Massage Therapy, alleviating pain caused by a wide variety of ailments such as chronically overworked or strained muscles, but also helps to re-balance and open blocked energy lines within the body.

This healing protocol, invented and used by Chinese practitioners, has proven effective with over 10,000 western case studies and provides for our clients an alternative or complementary source of healing.

The term TDP Lamp is an abbreviation for Teding Diancibo Pu which translates to “special electromagnetic spectrum” lamp. TDP lamps are similar to yet different from far infrared lamps. TDP lamps create mineral infrared waves that treat numerous ailments. A few common ones being back pain, shoulder pain, joint pain and arthritis. After an intense study by research institutes, hospitals, and schools, the TDP Lamp was invented to mimic the healing properties of clay.

The key part of this lamp is its heat-treated black clay, which contains 33 different essential mineral elements for the human body. This ceramic plate emits a unique spectrum of electromagnetic waves in the infrared range of 2 to 25 microns, which is compatible with the BIO-spectrum waves released by the human body and allowing for maximum absorption.

The absorbed energy promotes microcirculation, metabolism and strengthens immune system as well as tranquilized pain on the body.

Pain Treatments in Massage Therapy performed with Heat, Herbal and Tissue Treatments (E-Stim, Electromagnetic Heat Lamp and Herbs) lasts 60 minutes.

Cupping or Suction Cup Treatment

Suction Therapy Massage at Amelia Massage Associates The Complementary and Alternative Health Community has promoted a renewed interest and respect for one of the most ancient of therapeutic practices: Cupping or Suction Cup Treatment Therapy.
Suction cup therapy has been around for more than 5000 years – invented, before acupuncture. This traditional therapy is a time-honored treatment that remains favored by millions of people worldwide because it’s safe, comfortable and remarkably effective for most health disorders.

Ancient Roots of Cupping

Even though the origin of cupping therapy remains obscure, cupping therapy was used in Egypt dating back some 3,500 years, where its use is mentioned in hieroglyphics. Cupping was also used extensively by Romans, Celts, Turks, Slavic’s, Mayans, Aztecs, Native Indians and by healers throughout the Far & Middle East. Bamboo, earthenware and metal were also used as cupping vessels before the invention of glass.
Cupping Therapy at Amelia Massage Associates

Two main types of cupping therapy.

1. Massage cupping – During treatment, the glass cups are moved in a massage pattern around the skin to help massage sore joints and muscles.
2. Stationary cupping – During treatment, glass cups are applied to the skin and not moved until the end of the session.

How is a cupping session performed?

A cupping session is generally performed using the following tools: glass cups, cotton balls, rubbing alcohol, candles and matches. Each of these tools is applied during a session as follows:

– A cotton ball is soaked in alcohol and lit on fire by a burning candle
– A vacuum is created inside a glass cup by holding the lit cotton ball inside the cup.
– Once the vacuum is created the cotton ball is removed and the cup is immediately applied to the designated acupuncture point on the skin.
– Four-six cups are applied during a session and are not left on the skin for longer than fifteen minutes.

Cupping Therapy is often used to relieve the following health conditions:
Colds & Influenza, Headaches, Abscesses, Arthritis, Intercostal Neuralgia, Intestinal disorders, Hemorrhoids, Sciatica, Rheumatism, Liver disorders, Gallbladder disorders, Dermatological disorders, Depression, Anxiety & insomnia, Fibromyalgia & Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Musculo-skeletal problems: pain, spasms, cramps, tightness, numbness, stiffness of the back and neck Chronic gastric pain, Vertigo, High blood pressure, stroke and arteriosclerosis, Bronchial asthma & congestion, Gynecological disorders, Menopausal discomforts, Kidney disorders (including frequent/urgent urination), Post-injury trauma, Post-surgery adhesions, Cellulite.

This is a Partial list of conditions that respond well to Cupping Therapy. Amelia Massage Associates have long featured this ancient therapeutic practice in their sessions.

Although a cupping session may sound painful, it is nothing of the sort. In fact, usually the only thing a person feels is a slight suction where each cup is strategically placed. After a session, you may have circular red marks on your skin from the cups. These red marks will fade and are a sign that the cupping or suction treatment therapy has successfully increased the blood flow within your body.